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1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL: Marston House & Park, Kate Sessions, Cabrillo Bridge, Grant Hotel, Streetcar

Park Construction
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Park Construction

Airs Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 11 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV + Monday, Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2

Join host Elsa Sevilla as she uncovers stories from the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park

The 1915 EXPO CENTENNIAL series uses rare, historic black and white photos and film to tell the story of City Park and how the Exposition was planned.

The series promises to give television viewers a unique glimpse into the 1915 Exposition.

Find out how City Park was planned and meet the key city leaders who created the urban park for San Diego.

Learn about Balboa Park's architectural and landscaping designs, world-renowned architects, rare historic black and white photos and film that show unique aspects of the fair.

We'll also show you rare artifacts from the 1915 Exposition and unique behind the scenes tours of the park, museum vaults and historic buildings.

Kate Sessions. She has come to be called the "Mother of Balboa Park" and a bronze statue of her was erected there in 1998.
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Kate Sessions. She has come to be called the "Mother of Balboa Park" and a bronze statue of her was erected there in 1998.

On Episode 4, "Marston House & Park, Kate Sessions, Cabrillo Bridge, Grant Hotel, Streetcar," find out how civic leader George Marston enlisted the talent and guidance of New York architects to help design Balboa Park.

Also, see wonderful black and white photos showing how the historic Cabrillo Bridge was built ahead of the Exposition, and how nearby hotels, like the historic U.S. Grant, and also the San Diego Electric Railway, played a key role in the fair's success 100-years ago.

Balboa Park is on Facebook, and you can follow @BalboaPark on Twitter.

Construction of Cabrillo Bridge, 1914.
Courtesy of the San Diego History Center
Construction of Cabrillo Bridge, 1914.

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All past episodes of SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES are available for streaming on demand.

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES, hosted by Elsa Sevilla, shares tales from the past, reigniting the love affair with San Diego's special places. Sevilla Productions is on Facebook.